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NDC Primaries Hang in the Balance Over Legal Suit by Flagbearer Aspirant

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The upcoming National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries scheduled for Saturday may be in jeopardy due to an interlocutory injunction placed on the elections by one of the three flagbearer aspirants, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor. The injunction restrains the party from going ahead with the polls until it produces a complete and accurate photo album register.

Dr. Duffuor filed a writ seeking the court to deliver the complete register to his camp and the two other presidential aspirants, John Dramani Mahama and Kojo Bonsu, at least five weeks ahead of the elections. According to his lawyers, a sizeable number of eligible voters have no photographs exhibited on the photo album register, making it impossible to conduct any meaningful verification exercise on those affected.

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Moreover, basic errors and inaccuracies were discovered on the 220 constituencies’ hard drive, rendering the photo album register inaccurate and unable to guarantee free, fair, and credible elections. Records of some delegates had been duplicated and given different names and party identification numbers. An exceptional list of 74,799 people was created to take part in the elections, which could not be verified due to scanty information in the photo album.

Dr. Duffuor insisted that for no credible reason, 3,910 eligible voters at the 220 constituencies had been disenfranchised. As a result of all these issues and against the backdrop of a sizeable number of eligible voters having no photographs on the photo album, it is impossible to conduct any meaningful verification exercise.

The legal directorate of the party, however, assured members that the elections would come off as scheduled, and the legal team would use all legal means to ensure that the elections are held on Saturday. The party is scheduled to be in court on Monday to file a process that would allow the court to hear the application to allow the elections to be held.

For the most part, the upcoming NDC primaries hang in the balance as the legal battle rages on. The party’s legal team will have to navigate the court process and ensure that the elections come off as scheduled. However, the issues raised by Dr. Duffuor cannot be overlooked, and they must be addressed to guarantee free, fair, and credible elections. In a nutshell, the party must take the necessary steps to resolve the issues before Saturday to avoid any further legal tussles that may affect the outcome of the elections.

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